So yes, this has been around since 2007 and is about to celebrate its three year anniversary - it till is a great resource and example of how to bring transmedia structure into education
World Without Oil - A transmedia-like project with practical use in the classroom. -
This game/event/lesson/story/put your own word here experience ran from April 30, 2007 – June 1, 2007. It let the users, the players, be the creators and writers while puppetmasters guided, linked, collected and basically just sat back and let it go. It is a great example of a way a transmedia approach can be used to generate learning and bring people to content. The "playing" to learn idea is important in a transmedia structure, and one that has good and bad when invoked in an educational setting – here, IMO is a good thing.
They also are trying to maintain an archive, even as the game ends. This is an important topic in transmedia, and one I think is not addressed enough….
I plan on using this in my environmental science classes as well as other places, it is a topic all people should really think about – and as you will see from the materials created – the response is so varied – check out the lesson plan page for some ideas - www.worldwithoutoil.org/metateachers.htm - they even have compiled some state standards that the projects links with – also, the lesson plan page has some great ideas that should be considered with any transmedia/crossmedia lesson – not just this one.
Check these links for more information
www.worldwithoutoil.org/metafaq.htm#gameover – an overview of how to still access the game and "play"
www.pbs.org/independentlens/classroom/wwo.html - more info and lesson plans including an independent study plan for students - http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/classroom/wwo_students.html
wwolives.wordpress.com/ - the World without Oil blog – continues to follow certain topics
www.youtube.com/user/WorldWithoutOil - World without Oil YouTube channel
aspo-usa.com/2009presentations/Ken_Eklund_Oct_13_2009.pdf - some examples from the experience